Thanks to a FLGS opening in my neighbourhood a couple of years ago, my passion for boardgames has been rekindled. Prior to that, I had a long drought in which AD&D was pretty much my only foray into gaming (not that that's anything to sneeze at).
Now, I'm probably a bigger gamer than I ever was before. In the old days, we would play things like Axis & Allies, Supremacy, and even the occasional Star Fleet Battles scenario. Now, (aside from SFB
) that stuff would be considered pretty light weight compared to some of the heavier fare that we are treated to thanks to the current fantastic
resurgence of well-designed games.
My collection has ballooned over the last couple of years (but is still quite modest compared to many here on BGG
). And I have to admit that, at times, the temptation to just pick up new titles is too much. As great a resource as BGG is, it certainly has the potential to wreak havoc on my pocketbook!
Some of my current favourites are (in no particular order) Arkham Horror, Cosmic Encounter, Merchants & Marauders, Dune, Fury of Dracula, Hammer of the Scots, Hannibal: Rome v. Carthage, Die Macher, Imperial, Ra, and I could go on...
Another thing that has come as a bit of a surprise for me as I have rediscovered this hobby is that there are a lot of closet gamers out there! In just about every aspect of my life, whether it be work, the kids' school, or just regular friends - I seem to be having no problem finding people who want to game! Here's a tip that I kind of stumbled across accidentally: when you have guests (and you don't know if they're gamers
), even if they're just dropping something off, leave a board game out on a table or a shelf somewhere that's not too obvious, but still in a place that they are likely to see it after a few minutes. The results may surprise you as much as they have me - I have made several new gaming friends exactly this way.
Well, I've spent enough time typing here. I'd rather be gaming!